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Ithaca Carshare car, TCAT bus, and parked bicycle in downtown Ithaca.
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Downtown Commuter Choice

Together we are reducing emissions, congestion, and the number of cars coming into downtown, while creating a more interconnected, prosperous, and livable community. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Ithaca Carshare, city and county planners, and Way2Go are working together to offer incentives to employees who leave their cars at home to take advantage of public transportation, ride sharing, walking and biking to work. There are many ways to get involved in this effort.

Downtown Commuter Programs

Go Ithaca is a transportation initiative to increase transportation flexibility for downtown commuters-engaging the use of alternative modes to transport rather than focusing solely on driving. The initiative offers incentives such as automatic enrollment, back up ride home (see below), and discounts on Ithaca Carshare, TCAT, Lime, downtown garage parking, and more. If you have questions or are interested in getting involved contact

Back Up Ride Home offers peace of mind to commuters who leave their car at home, providing alternative transportation if something unexpected happens, such as a planned method of transportation failing, or needing to get to a child’s school in case of emergency. Back Up Ride Home is available by registration to all Tompkins County residents and employees who commute regularly by carpool, bus, bike or foot. Local Ithaca Carshare on-call staff facilitate alternate transportation home if something unexpectedly happens in the middle of a work day. Details and enrollment at

Opportunities for Downtown Employers

Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) help commuters make successful mode shifts through education, infrastructure support, and incentives. An Association is currently in development for Ithaca/Tompkins County, led by Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Center for Community Transportation, TCAT and the City of Ithaca planning department. If you are an employer interested in getting involved contact


Lauren Gabuzzi
TDM Program Manager, Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Last updated March 25, 2022